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WEEKLY EMAIL: MARCH 01, 2012


When Less Really Does Mean Less

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ADRIAN SHAUGHNESSY

When Less Really Does Mean Less

Lower unemployment numbers and the Dow cracking 13,000 has some of the more starry-eyed pundits claiming the economy's finally getting its legs back. But since the banking crisis of 2008, business has been anything but "as usual" – including the business of design. The economy coupled with the relentless rise of social media outlets has designers worrying about their own economic shutdown. Is less is the new normal?
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 02.26.12

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age. This week's focus is firearms.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 02.19.12

This collection of underground music and culture events flyers come from the personal online collection of Chicago collector Marc Fischer. Most of them are from metal and hardcore shows, in particular. Many are from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh from the mid-late 1980s and early 1990s. Others were collected from other cities during the same time period or were mailed to me by friends around the country.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 02.12.12

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age. This week's focus is Politics.
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MICHELLE HAUSER

Pop Photographica: An Interview with Daile Kaplan

Daile Kaplan’s comprehensive collection has one unifying trait: a photographic element that was not intended for viewing on the wall. As her collection evolved, Kaplan discovered that what she was surrounding herself with was indeed an overlooked photographic genre. In the late 1980s, Kaplan named the genre “pop photographica.”
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 02.05.12

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age. This week John focuses on "The White Project", a collection of photos by Jane and Francois Robert.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

"Five Houses Down"

Five Houses Down, a poem by Christian Wiman.
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